The Canadian International Hockey League has made its formation official.
CIHL founder Tim Clayden has served official notice that the Tier 2 junior league will begin operations effective the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
For now, the CIHL is listed as an independent junior league while making its application to be officially sanctioned by the American-based Amateur Athletic Union in June.
Clayden, who owns the Espanola Rivermen — formerly of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League — will also serve as president of the CIHL’s parent company, the Canadian International Amateur Hockey Federation.
Clayden’s Espanola team will be making the move from the NOJHL to the CIHL.
Effective the 2014-2015 campaign, Clayden said the CIHL will feature 8-10 teams, all located along Trans-Canada Highway 17 and Highway 400 corridors.
“The CIHL will be a Tier 2 junior hockey league made up of student-athlete players from Canada, the United States and Europe,” Clayden emphasized.
As for the naysayers Clayden noted that, “Some are making arm-chair comments about the level of play within the CIHL next year. Well, we have been doing this a long time and do not expect our team or others to be any less competitive than we have been this season or any other for that matter.”
Franchise ownerships from the Ontario towns of Espanola, Sudbury, Bracebridge, Collingwood, Colborne, Milton and Toronto have confirmed intent to become inaugural members of the CIHL for the 2014-2015 season, said Clayden.
To be sure, the CIHL plans to kick off the 2014-2015 season with a College Showcase Tournament — to be held in Traverse City, Michigan in September.
For more information about the CIHL, visit its website at www.thecihl.com or get social with the CIHL on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/thecihl and www.twitter.com/thecihl.